Newcastle Linked With Championship Player In Surprise Move


The Sun reported yesterday that Newcastle are interested in Aston Villa winger Albert Adomah.

Newcastle had been linked with the 30-year-old winger, and he did score 14 goals and had 5 assists in 39 Championship games last season.

But the Championship is not the Premier League.

And he scored only 3 goals and 11 assists in all 38 games in Middlesbrough’s relegation season in the Premier League (2016-2017).

30-year-old Aston Villa winger Albert Adomah

Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals in only 34 Championship appearances for us during our promotion year.

Yet he had difficulty scoring on;y 3 goals (with 6 assists) in the Premier League last season.

And winger Matt Ritchie scored 12 goals and had 8 assists in 42 league games during our promotion season down below.

So it’s a bit of a mystery why Rafa would be interested in Ghana International Adomah.

Maybe it’s the fact he is available for £3.5M as Villa try to sell some players to lift their financial burden?

Adomah is said to be the next in line if Rafa cannot get Kenedy on loan from Chelsea for the season.

But the indications yesterday were that Newcastle are close to getting a one-year loan deal signed for the 22-year-old Brazilian winger.

And Rafa will hopefully be able to get an option to buy into the loan contract – so we can get him in permanently next summer.

We would be very surprised if Rafa is even interested in Albert Adomah.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


4 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Cos there’s nothing left to print?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Aren’t we due a Charlie Austin article or a Alan Judge one by now. Or maybe even Andy Carroll.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    On the subject of Richie and Yedlin yes Richie does a good bit of work in tracking back (at times) but Yedlin has to do the running for 2 players so does need cover as he can’t be everywhere!!

    Opposition full backs are usually faster than Richie so he needs Yedlin to make a run to get some space whereas if we had say a winger who could beat players with pace and skill it would mean Yedlin wouldn’t have to fly forward all the time !?

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  • L Toon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    And so it begins..

    Rafa Benitez ‘spinning plates’ for Newcastle United as transfer hunt heads into final 30 days

    Newcastle United have plenty more business to do at St James’ Park – and surprises could be ahead

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    Mark Douglas

    14:43, 8 JUL 2018UPDATED14:54, 8 JUL

    Rafa Benitez is spinning plates as Newcastle head towards the final 30 days of the transfer window still to answer all of the big questions of the summer.

    It is a familiar fudge at St James’ Park. 56 days have passed since Rafa Benitez’s men signed off the season with a flourish by beating Chelsea 3-0 in a performance laced with attacking intent and intensity.

    That night Mike Ashley released a statement saying he would do everything he could to keep Benitez at St James’ Park for the long-term. Questions over Benitez’s future loomed large – as they had done since the mid-April defeat of Leicester that prompted the Spaniard to start answering questions again about exactly what it was that he wanted to sign the contract first offered to him at the turn of the year.

    Since then? Virtually nothing. Yes United completed the permanent deal that had been teed up in January for Martin Dubravka – and they moved quickly to secure free agent Ki , who was a replacement for Mikel Merino – the promising Spain under-21 midfielder whose departure has felt like an open secret since he was denied an exit in the January transfer window.

    But the substantive stuff – the game changing signing – does not feel much closer than it did 50 or so days ago.

    Instead United are edging, inch-by-inch towards the next piece of business but hamstrung by many of the issues that have been typical in the Lee Charnley era of transfers.

    An offer for Alassane Plea was – quite simply – not enough. When it comes to Salomon Rondon, Benitez is urging United to take the plunge but is running into resistance as he asks the club to sanction a £16.5million move for a player who is 28 years old.

    One thread of logic is that if Benitez’s contract runs out this summer, the club seem reluctant to agree a move for a player who looks more like a short-term fix. But this is the big issue for Benitez that is preventing him from signing his deal: trust. He has always said that if he is truly going to be allowed to shape the club in the way he wants, he should be allowed to spend his transfer budget how he wants.

    Rondon may not be everyone’s idea of a marquee signing for Newcastle but Benitez likes to bring in players who fit into his way of playing. And if the success of England and Gareth Southgate has taught us nothing this summer it is how the team is more important than any individual. Rondon, to put it bluntly, could ‘do a job’ for United in Benitez’s mind.

    But he doesn’t fit “the profile” – that need for re-sale and for players to look like an investment.

    Compare and contrast with the swiftness that he gets deals for free agents done. Or when he floated the possibility of Sandro Ramirez in transfer meetings last season. £6million for a (then) 21-year-old? ‘Where do I sign’ was the message from Mike Ashley (although it should be noted Benitez agreed with drawing back on that deal when Everton offered him a ridiculous salary).

    So Benitez’s approach is to keep spinning plates. It explains the sudden upsurge of Matt Ritchie sale rumours. The Newcastle manager would ideally like to keep him but if that deal kick starts another deal that can improve United, so be it.

    And there are a lot of enquiries going in at the moment. When Benitez signed up for Instagram on Friday, it didn’t feel like a coincidence that his press man posted pictures of him on his mobile phone in his home office, or that one of the captions said it was a “working holiday” he had enjoyed in Liverpool.

    Some links can now be discounted – Thiago Maia won’t be joining, Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro is also out – but there are likely to be many more before the end of the window.

    Benitez is hitting his old contacts, ringing agents he knows and speaking to club officials too. If there is a player available in the Premier League, Benitez will know about it and it means that for all the frustration and fudge, there is still the possibility of this transfer window ending well for Newcastle.

    Cautious optimism surrounds the deal for Kenedy which the club have talked to Chelsea about. There are other bids in too – although the mood music doesn’t feel great around Plea, the Nice striker who is also attracting interest from Borussia Monchengladbach. His representatives are known to United and seem to be doing all they can to drum up the idea that there is a lot of interest in him.

    It doesn’t usually end well for Newcastle when we get to that point.

    It has been a difficult market for every club in the Premier League, to be fair. None of the 20 are happy with fees, agents costs or the unwillingness of rivals to do business – which feels worrying given there are only 32 days left of a window that they mystifyingly voted to close early.

    What should offer encouragement is that Benitez is open to everything and is absolutely determined to finish the window with a team that’s stronger than the one that beat Chelsea 3-0. The familiar frustrations might have driven him to distraction 12 months ago but this summer there is no hint of that distracting him from making the sort of big decisions he held back from last close season when he reluctantly kept Aleksandar Mitrovic at the club.

    There may be bolder decisions this summer with a host of players possible bargaining chips to get the upgrades he wants. The club have told him things would be easier if he signs his deal but that still seems a long way off, so this third way seems the most likely route.

    With at least four more wanted for the first team and plenty of outgoing business to be done, there’s a lot of work to do. But Benitez is getting on with it.

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